When Bob Petit gazes through his camera lens, he sees wonder and beauty. Calling himself a “serious amateur,” his love of photography has grown over the years. Yet, not even with the clearest of lenses, could Bob have seen his cancer diagnosis coming.
“I had a feeling something was wrong, because I was sleeping 14 hours a day,” Bob says. “But I didn’t think about cancer.” Read more.
Patients with certain types of ovarian cancer now have access to three clinical trials that study the results of new therapies.
These therapies are advancing ovarian cancer research in new and exciting ways, says gynecologic oncologist Dr. Charles Anderson, who was instrumental in bringing the trials to Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center. Read more.
Clinical trials are the centerpiece for the drug-testing system in the United States.
Each cancer study conducted tries to answer scientific questions and determine better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat the disease. As researchers test the effectiveness of trial drugs, patients who participate, in many cases, benefit from life-saving treatment options years before they are available to the public.
As a member of The US Oncology Network, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center offers patients access to one of the nation’s largest research networks.
“Historically, the perspective has been that in order to get the latest, greatest, most innovative care, someone has to go to a university,” says Dr. Jeff Sharman, Medical Director of Hematology for The US Oncology Network. “WVCI’s unique affiliation with The US Oncology Network enables us to bring trials to patients in Eugene.” Read more.
Mary Weber looks forward to her daily bike ride each morning. It wasn’t too long ago that she didn’t have the strength to walk up a flight of stairs, let alone exercise.
“I was really sick,” Mary said. “I couldn’t do anything that a healthy person could do.”
Having grown up in San Diego, Mary spent her childhood at the beach. That was before most people understood the importance of using quality sunscreen.
“I was very fair and freckled—a prime candidate for sun damage,” she said. Read more.
Jackie Templeton and her husband, Brian, will celebrate 50 years of marriage this month. It's a milestone Jackie wasn't sure she'd live to see.
After a difficult two-and-a-half year struggle against metastatic melanoma, her health improved significantly after being introduced to an immunotherapy drug called Keytruda, as a patient at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. Read more.